Paper: Can You Summarize This? Identifying Correlates of Input Difficulty for Multi-Document Summarization

ACL ID P08-1094
Title Can You Summarize This? Identifying Correlates of Input Difficulty for Multi-Document Summarization
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 2008
Authors

Different summarization requirements could make the writing of a good summary more dif- ficult, or easier. Summary length and the char- acteristics of the input are such constraints in- fluencing the quality of a potential summary. In this paper we report the results of a quanti- tative analysis on data from large-scale evalu- ations of multi-document summarization, em- pirically confirming this hypothesis. We fur- ther show that features measuring the cohe- siveness of the input are highly correlated with eventual summary quality and that it is possi- ble to use these as features to predict the diffi- culty of new, unseen, summarization inputs.